Lake Bonney big battery set to come online in SA

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Infigen’s Lake Bonney Wind Farm and Battery in South Australia is in the final stages of testing and close to full commercial operation.

Located adjacent to the 278.5 MW Lake Bonney Wind Farm, Infigen’s 25 megawatt/52 megawatt hour lithium-ion battery system is a $38 million development, partly co-funded by the South Australian Government and ARENA.

Speaking during a site visit to Lake Bonney, Minister van Holst Pellekaan said the wind farm and battery in the state’s South East would help increase competition in the retail electricity market and make power more secure for South Australian businesses.

“Assets such as the Lake Bonney Wind Farm and Battery provide reliable, affordable and renewable electricity to this state’s commercial and industrial customers,” said Minister van Holst Pellekaan.

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“It will allow South Australia to incorporate more renewable energy into the system and move towards net-100% renewable energy in the 2030’s.”

“The Battery has been supported by a $5 million grant from the South Australian Government, matched by $5 million from the Commonwealth’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).”

He also noted that Tesla is one of the new commercial customers supported by the company expansion into the South Australian retail electricity market.

“Infigen was recently awarded a retail contract to supply Tesla fast-charging supercharger stations with energy across Australia,” the Minister continued.

“Not only will the Lake Bonney Battery use Tesla batteries to store energy, it will also allow Infigen to fuel electric cars at Tesla Superchargers across Australia.”

Infigen’s Executive Director, Finance and Commercial, Sylvia Wiggins, described the Lake Bonney Battery as ‘an important asset’ in their generation portfolio.

“Lake Bonney allows us to grow the volume of renewable energy we sell to commercial and industrial customers,” Ms Wiggins added.

“We are pleased to be partnering with South Australian customers, communities and governments as we lead Australia’s transition to a clean energy future.”

Image credit: Infigen Energy Faceboook page